The other day I read a brief review of Allegiance that summed up the character cast as "...nobly born protagonists (the males' names tend to start with the letter K and sound vaguely Slavic) plus a few others..."
And I thought ?
After a day ? turned into ??? because I started to wonder how someone can miss that there is a main character, and that she is a young woman from the merchant class. Or that there are women from all levels of society, from mercenary soldier, to the village healer, to a courtesan/spy, to politicians. Or if they did notice, that they felt it more important to mention the men and their last names and skip over the women entirely.
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Douglas Starr compares the Reid technique with the PEACE technique.
Reid is a method of getting confessions-- once the police officer decides (on very little evidence) that the suspect is guilty and ignores all denials. If you suspect you are being subject to the Reid method, try arguing vociferously for an hour-- this may be taken as evidence of innocence. Reid uses people's impulse to be nice and cooperative against them. Reid gets false confessions.
Hundreds of thousands of people, worldwide, have been trained to use the Reid technique.
A major part of the Reid technique's reputation was based on getting what turned out to be a false confession.
There's a description of research which find that people (including police) are just plain bad at detecting lies-- and do worse if they focus on body language.
PEACE is a long, dull, open-ended cognitive grind-- an effort to elicit memories and find out whether the details make sense.
I get the impression that trained US military interrogators (not the folks at Abu Graib) use something of the sort.
It's tempting to me to hear about something like the Reid technique and then hate and despise everybody, but the truth is that suspicion of the Reid technique got started when a researcher noticed that confession was a common feature in convictions which got overturned, and scientists looked at it and found that its premises about lying and anxiety weren't sound. The British government developed the PEACE technique after a series of false confession cases. There has been institutional pushback against Reid.
After reading a lot about false confessions, I'd come to the conclusion that confession simply shouldn't be part of the judicial process. However, I also thought that the idea was so radical it couldn't get a hearing. It turns out that the British have given up on using confession-- it's physical evidence or nothing for them.
Unfortunately, the NPR transcript is just highlights, and the New Yorker article it's based on is behind a pay wall. I think hearing the whole interview is worth spending a half hour.
Two accounts of the police getting false confessions: American and Canadian
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We had a leisurely morning at home first and decided on a couple of things we'd like to do when we got there.
Fortunately the weather was dry so I was able to walk without worrying about getting breathless.
We first went to Covent Garden and visited The Tea Palace. We bought 2 cannisters for us and 3 cannisters as gifts.
Then we made our annual pilgrimage to Forbidden Planet and bought many books.
After that we needed a pause - Hotel Chocolat had a chocolate house downstairs where they pampered us giving us free samples as well as our hot chocolate. I delved into a Sharon Shinn I'd bought.
We then found the Gay Hussar and realised we had nearly an hour to kill.
Fortunately Foyles' was round the corner so we browsed in there for a while. I may have found a few more books.
The Gay Hussar serves really good food - I had an asparagus and bacon salad followed by smoked goose with bean casoulet. I wasn't expecting the goose to come out quite so much like bacon, but it complemented the casoulet really well. Chris had mushrooms followed by duck.
It was lovely to see Molly and Brandon again after *so* long and Neil and Claire are lovely and definitely our sort of people.
If going to London was always as nice as this, I'd be happy to do it more often.
- Current Mood: happy
Low-key day today after yesterday's roaming about the wilds of southwestern Iowa. I think we're catching a movie this afternoon, and an early dinner. Another friend may pop by the hotel to visit a little while this evening, weather and schedule permitting.
Last night I had, as usual, complex dreams. The part where my house was flooding to the window sashes in clear, warm water wasn't hard to understand. My bladder has a sharp voice in my nighttime wanderings. The part where Zachary Quinto leapt out of a wrecked VW bus to attack me with a badminton racquet was a little harder to interpret, but I went with it. After fighting Mr. Quinto off, of course.
That last part is odd. While I often dream about real people, either directly or in the form of a dream avatar, I quite rarely dream about people I do not actually know personally.
I've spent time with the folks from my prior Day Jobbe. That was good but also sobering. I went on disability there just shortly after my tenth anniversary of service. That makes the Day Jobbe my longest-tenured employment in 26 years of working professionally across three related industries, by a fairly substantial margin. A big part of my life. It was work I enjoyed, with people I (mostly) liked, in a field where, while I wasn't exactly working for the betterment of mankind, neither was I helping make anyone's life worse. It was also work which enabled me to have a writing career through a good work-life balance and a decent paycheck. And, later it on, it was work of a sort that allowed me to segue into the deeper phases of my illness without an abrupt economic disruption, both through disability-friendly management and workplace policies, as well as a very good benefits package that turned out to make a critical difference in my life in at least three different ways.
So a lot to reflect on here in Omaha. Plus, well, Zachary Quinto. And snow.
I flew there, of course
Hanging with the pooches
A friendly meighborhood duck
Yesterday we set out in the car of
As always in life, we drove down uncertain roads
Until we came to my joint in Shenandoah, Iowa
A slightly more sobering neighbor
Me and my namesake (or vice versa)
The store was full of cool old things, like those sliding ladders, and the manager was very kind about us wandering around gawping and photographing
We then looked at interesting old buildings in Shenandoah, which reminded me of my grandparents' town in north Texas when I was a small boy in the late 1960s
Including a dry-docked caboose
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The Palin twins, Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen, WA.
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From Tudors to Turducken: An Engastration Tale — Engastration? (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)
Seams Geeky | Items Sewn with Love for the Chic Geek — A Kickstarter for some high quality embroidered geek gear. Me, I’m down for the Schlock Mercenary stuff.
Google Glass prescription frames spotted but concerns linger — Yay for this. If I were not so sick as to make the project more or less pointless, I’d be very actively pursuing a prescription version of Google Glass.
Nymi Is A Heartwave-Sensing Wristband That Wants To Replace All Your Passwords & Keys — And more than that. From the department of weird future tech. (Via David Goldman.)
Microsoft designs smart bra to combat emotional eating — What happens when your smart bra has a blue screen of death? I guess that would be the ultimate Nerd World problem.
Wafer-scale production of graphene devices to become a reality
NASA May Test Its Lunar Green Thumb
Everest Panorama from Mars — Mars!
Solar would be Cheaper: US Pentagon has spent $8 Trillion to Guard Gulf Oil — Imagine what we could have done in alternative energy with an eight trillion dollar research budget. Instead of warring for oil, destroying whole countries, and slaughtering people wholesale.
Top 25 Censored Stories from 2012-2013 — (Via
The Mandela Problem of the Angry White Male Wing of the GOP — Wing? That’s the whole GOP. Duh.
?otD: How deep is your slush?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 8.0 hours (restless)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)
(Someone said it was "what Zorro's dad had" and then specified Anthony Hopkins, though I feel the urge to point out that Banderas in this movie is his apprentice, not his son, and Hopkins was the actual Zorro)
I do have the right shirt, sword, etc, but, trust me, it doesn’t look anything like as painful as it fucking is!
Put it down to swords and whips, then...
Why does this never happen to Zorro?
Today, that person is me.
Most of my fuck-ups have been about forgetting things, which is not like me. I think that's what bothers me most: I'm well-acquainted with my usual foibles and failings, but being quite this disorganized and scatterbrained is unusual and really unpleasant.
Things are going neglected and other people are having to put themselves out to make up for what I'm getting wrong, and everything about my upbringing has taught me that's the worst thing imaginable.
(Which, thanks for that, upbringing! I can be fully aware that my worry about being even the slightest inconvenience or complication to anybody else's life is both illogical and actually adds to the complications faced by both them and me because they have to reassure me endlessly and it still doesn't really make me feel any better, and starts a vicious circle of apology, reassurance, and cringing apologies for the need for all this reassurance.)
I really hope I start to feel better soon. I am driving myself mad.
- Sat, 15:38: I think people on picket lines should learn to do the haka. It would pass time, get them warmed up, and just look so COOL :)
- Sat, 15:40: Further news & details on the #M&S dispute from the union's site: http://t.co/2TswjOCCqo
- Sat, 15:45: You can also show support to the #M&S workers by liking this page on Facebook https://t.co/YoAlsUGAoK
- Sat, 15:49: ...oh, and there's also an online petition. In case you're not walking past any #M&S shop today to sign in person... http://t.co/EnOEc3eQY3
- Sat, 12:34: megstielshipper: supernaturalnurse: snowymisha: wings-for-castiel: yourfriendlyneighborhoodbitch:... http://t.co/bJoeTlg2I2
- Sat, 12:35: Photoset: Then & Now http://t.co/vuYe64Dd7w
- Sat, 13:44: megstielshipper answered you: December 6th 2013, 7:33:00�pm � 18 hours ago wordofwyrd�asked: I really like... http://t.co/Q5CqdVkD9A </
- Sat, 15:46: I just earned the 'Crisp as Day' badge on @untappd! http://t.co/8pRrGe8Tb7
- Sat, 15:46: Flavoursome lagery thing. - Drinking an Astra Rotlicht by Holsten-Brauerei (Carlsberg Group) @ Dortmund — http://t.co/OKLhdlTmSr
- Sat, 16:24: Bocky. - Drinking an Adam by Bergmann Brauerei @ Dortmund — http://t.co/W5pbmFlMq7 #photo
- Sat, 17:40: RT @cthulhuchick: Woman tweets about condescending behavior. Man condescendingly mansplains that it wasn't really condescending. ... ... Br…
- Sat, 18:34: Malty example. - Drinking a Hannen Alt by Brauerei Knigshof @ Dortmund — http://t.co/1eDkfo8Go2
- Sat, 20:14: Presentable. Banana notes predominate. - Drinking a Kapuziner Weißbier by Kulmbacher Brauerei @ Dortmund — http://t.co/94UTL1HDD4
- Sat, 21:11: The reason to come to Dortmund even if you don't have friends here. - Drinking a Bergmann Schwarzbier @ Dortmund - http://t.co/4ALwsOriDp
- Sat, 21:14: My phone wishes to Tweet autonomously, presumably to complain about being stuffed in my pants.
Several people have suggested golfer/tennis elbow too. Can you get that from typing or using a 360's controller?
This week I have:
- gone to Rotary meeting
- watched Wizards vs Aliens
- Ate lots of sugary food
- Dreamed about work
- Woke up early thinking about work
And that's it. November is our busiest time at work, but this year it managed to be busy during working hours - until this week. I went in early, worked through lunch, left late, then came home and worked. And then didn't have the energy to do anything else.
On the plus side, the rest of the month looks a lot quieter - Monday might be busy, but not outside of working hours. And then after that I'll be trying to fill my time. And working through my list of things I need to do that aren't urgent that therefore have been on the to do list for a month.
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We have found a Problem, though. Once I fixed my footwork for the jerk, after lots of practice, it was looking good--until the coach checked the angle from behind and realized that my leading knee is caving inwards rather than pushing out like it should be. That's, you know, bad. So we tried to fix it, only to discover that I can't move the right way. When he tried to gently push my knee to the correct angle, it made my entire calf down into my foot on the outside cramp up.
Apparently, that's a sign of severe inflexibility through the ankle and one of those tiny muscles in the calf. So I have a lot of mobility and massage and work to do, there. (Crap.)
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Because there's no reason why that episode wouldn't have worked just as well with Ecclestone in the Hurt role - obviously with a few tweaks, but I can imagine Ecclestone essentially fitting in as well. You'd lose the whole "We don't call him The Doctor" thing, but then that only turned up in the final 30 seconds of The Name Of The Doctor anyway - so as long as they knew before they shot _that_ that they weren't getting Ecclestone they could easily set things up for Hurt instead.
The three-way conversations between Tennant, Smith, and Hurt would have seemed a lot more crowded with a fourth character as well, I'd have thought. And they'd have had to have some setup to get him involved too. So if Ecclestone had been in there they'd either have to rework the episode significantly, or not have him as part of the main thrust of the episode (possibly just bringing him in for a more explicit scene at the end?)
Sadly, I don't think we're likely to know - Moffat certainly isn't talking about it.
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- Sat, 19:58: RT @alomshaha: Pretty much every teacher I know would teach better if had more prep time. But never see any plans to address this. Instead,…
- Sat, 23:10: 15 Step: Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers dance to Radiohead in a 5/4 beat (via http://t.co/BAmB50CwxN) http://t.co/NNanhj7cDY
- Sun, 10:27: Spent all of yesterday evening entering marks in my #numbers app on the iPad only to discover it doesn't communicate with #iWork09.
- Welcome to the era of the laser-controlled spider!
(tags: spiders lasers )
- Polar bear cub vs teddy bear.
(tags: bears cute )
- Transgender murder victim’s life not as valuable as higher class victims, says lawyer
(tags: law crime lgbt )
- Fact-checking the Margaret Thatcher Museum petition
(tags: petition margaretthatcher )
- There's a £60m Bitcoin heist going down right now, and you can watch in real-time
Welcome to your Cyberpunk Future.
(tags: bitcoin crime theft )
- 10 lazy assumptions that are part of the mainstream political consensus.
(tags: politics )
- The world's first low GI potato
(tags: food potato )
- Want to be happy in work? These twenty lessons will take you a long way.
(tags: work advice )
- Texts From Superheroes
(tags: superheroes funny viaMyBrotherHugh )
- A public service announcement on threatening people with rape.
(tags: rape RapeCulture )
- It is clear that dogs know _exactly_ how psychopathic cats are.
(tags: dogs cats video )
- NYU student replies-all to 40,000 classmates, sparking ‘Replyallcalypse’
(tags: email university funny )
- Killing cancer like the common cold
(tags: cancer genetics immune_system )
- Surviving Sibling Suicide
(tags: suicide )
- People of Color in European Art History (Or, more frequently, cropped out of existing artworks)
(tags: art censorship racism )
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When the rest of the crew of his ship are murdered by natives, the lone survivor - who by chance is wearing a diving suit at the time - tries to pass himself off as a god. The only problem is the witch doctor aiding him in this ruse knows exactly what is inside the suit and his cooperation may prove to be short term only.
Huh. White guy plays god seems to have been a thing when this was written.
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